Despite having lived in Oxford for 3 years and close by in Abingdon for another 3, there are still loads of places we haven’t eaten. Door 74 is one of those places. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve walked by but for some reason, never been in. We’ve heard lots of good things about it, and lots of people rate it as a great place to eat. So we decided to give it a try.
We went for brunch after checking to see what the veggie options were. They do a very good veggie breakfast that comes with everything the English breakfast does, but with the addition of a carrot fritter and a salad, instead of the meat. In total is consisted of bubble & squeak, fried egg, toast, tomato, mushroom, beans, carrot fritter & salad.
Normally, I’m not a fan of anything other than a vegetarian version of the English breakfast. However, this was excellent. Everything was cooked to perfection, seasoned well and really tasty. Plus, I’m thinking all that veg can only be a good thing & didn’t feel stuffed afterwards. The service was great & it was a lovely warm summer morning so there was plenty of people watching to be done. I can highly recommend Door 74 and can’t wait to go back for lunch & dinner, though next time I go for brunch, I want the French Toast – it looked amazing!
Last Sunday my OH & I wanted to have a relaxed day. We’ve been really busy over the last few weekends, mainly working in the garden. So we decided to head out for brunch. Our first choice was Burford Garden Company, as we were going there to get a few bits for the garden anyway. However, they don’t open until 11am on a Sunday and then the cafe doesn’t do breakfasts. Fail. So after a bit of time on Google, my OH discovered Huffkins, a delightful tea room with a bakery next door in Burford. After a quick menu check, we set off. If you’ve never been to Burford, you are missing a treat! It is quintessentially beautiful Olde World England, with lots and lots of Cotswold stone. We decided we’d like to live there in under a minute flat! With free parking in the town centre, we parked up & walked through to Huffkins. Located on the main road, it’s easy to find. We got there about 20 minutes after opening and they were already busy. Good sign! We sat in the back & checked through the menu.
I ordered a veggie sausage bap. As it was before 11am, we got a drink and the bap for £6.95. We also asked for a fried egg each, but sadly our waiter forgot to order them and by the time the food came, we were too hungry to wait. It wasn’t added to the bill and the waiter apologised. No harm done. I wasn’t too annoyed about it though, as I’d already made the waiter work extra for his pay as I’d thrown the full milk jug across our table and made a huge mess. Think I went as red as the chutney in the picture above. Our waiter was very lovely about it. I was mortified.
The bap was great. Quorn veggie sausages in a tasty soft roll bap. My loose leaf tea also came with a jug of hot water to top it up. I was very impressed. Not only that but you get 10% off in the bakery with your cafe receipt, which we took advantage of, as did almost every other patron of the cafe while we were there! Great idea! We’ll definitely go back to Huffkins, as they’ve got a few tasty looking veggie options on their menu that I would like to try. A lovely tea room in a picturesque town!
A few weeks ago, I met up with some teacher buddies at the Plantation Café, Towcester. We’d met there a few times before as it’s a central spot where we can meet up, chat & have a mooch about a garden centre. Perfect! We always meet for brunch so that we have plenty of time to catch up on all the gossip. I normally have poached eggs on toast. They do a cooked breakfast, but the veggie options are very limited. This time, however, they had updated the menu and had increased the number of veggie options. Excellent, I thought! I’m going to have a veggie breakfast! They also have Gluten Free options, as one of the party is Coeliac. We head up to order & everyone’s looking forward to their breakfast. Then I order and am told the veggie sausages haven’t been delivered. Fail. I was really disappointed and quite angry. Everyone else could have the breakfast they wanted except me. Sadly, this was just the beginning of quite a poor service. So I opted for fried eggs on toast.
What can say about fried eggs on toast? The eggs were cooked well, crispy on the edge without being burnt and they were really tasty. And when the waitress realised that we’d had quite a few errors made with the other breakfasts on the table, we were given free teas and coffees, which is always a good thing. But I didn’t get the breakfast I wanted and was one in a run of things that inspired by ranting post this week.
My friends and I have decided to give the Plantation café a miss for the next few get togethers. I hope they up their game by the time we return.